Appointments – January 2024

What are the most recent appointments in the Benelux?


Marie-Hélène Massard

Marie-Hélène Massard appointed Deputy CEO

Marie-Hélène Massard has held positions within Axa Bank and Axa Luxembourg. She also worked within the Association of Insurance and Reinsurance Companies (Aca) for nearly eight years, serving as president and vice-president. She will become the right-hand of the CEO, Marc Lauer in the Foyer Group.




Emmanuel Van Grimbergen

Emmanuel Van Grimbergen promoted to Managing Director Reinsurance & Investments

Emmanuel Van Grimbergen holds a master’s degree in mathematics and actuarial sciences.
He worked for ING for 18 years. He held various positions, including Chief Actuary South West Europe in 2000 and Chief Insurance Risk Officer of ING Insurance Retail Banking in 2004. In 2007, he was appointed Chief Risk Officer of ING Central & Rest of Europe. In 2011 he joined the Ageas Group as Group Risk Officer.


Christophe Vandeweghe

Christophe Vandeweghe appointed CRO

Christophe Vandeweghe began his career with ING and Deloitte. He joined Ageas in 2014 as Head of Risk for Continental Europe. He has held various positions within the Group. In 2018, he became CRO of Grupo Ageas Portugal, then CFO. Since April 2023, he has also held the position of Chief Business Development Officer for Portuguese activities.


Sébastien Haslé

Sébastien Haslé appointed CEO of International Organisations and European Insurance Companies

Sébastien Haslé joined Cigna in 2008. He held the position of Chief Risk Officer for Cigna Life Insurance Company of Europe and Cigna Europe Insurance Company for 9 years. He was then appointed Managing Director of both entities from May 2017 to early 2020.



Roger Bou-Harb

Roger Bou-Harb appointed as Director

Roger Bou-Harb is a Fellow of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (FIA), an Executive MBA from Vlerick Business School, and an IABE-Qualified Actuary.
He has 17 years of experience in the (re)insurance industry, accross Europe and the MENA region.




Sources : 

Paperjam, Marie-Hélène Massard, CEO adjointe de Foyer

Ageas, Nouvelle composition de l’Executive Committee d’Ageas

Cigna Healthcare, Sébastien Haslé

Linkedin, Roger Bou-Harb

Appointments – December 2023

Who are the most recent appointments as directors and C-levels in the Benelux? Discover the new face of Swiss Life Luxembourg and Lloyd’s Europe.


Karine Verbruggen

Karine Verbruggen appointed CEO of Swiss Life Luxembourg.

Karine joined Swiss Life Luxembourg in 2016. Karine Verbruggen joined the company in 2016 as Chief Transformation Officer (CTO) and led the integration of elipsLife after its acquisition in 2021. For four years, she headed the Employee Benefits operations department and for two years the Business engineering team.

She succeeds Theo Iaponas, who has been appointed CEO of Swiss Life’s international subsidiary.



Jonathan May

Jonathan May appointed CEO of Lloyd’s Europe.

Jonathan May joined Lloyd’s of London in 2006, where over the course of 17 years he has held a number of senior positions, most recently as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer of Lloyd’s Europe. He is taking over from Amélie Breitburd, who will be leaving the company on 31 December 2023. The appointment will come into effect on 1 January 2024.




Appointments – November 2023

Who are the most recent appointments as directors and C-levels in the Benelux? Discover the new faces of Axa Belgium and Allianz.


Céline Dupont appointed Chief Life & Health Officer of Axa Belgium.

Céline Dupont

Céline holds a master’s degree in management and finance from Solvay Business School and Kellogg School of Management of Chicago. She started her career in 1994 at ING Bank Belgium before joining Accenture in 1997. She then joined AXA Belgium in 2009 to manage Banking Operations, then Insurance Operations and Transformation. Since September 2021 she has been Chief Operating Officer and member of the Executive Committee of AXA Partners.


Ludovic Theate appointed Head of Accounting & Reporting of Axa Belgium. 

Ludovic Theate

Ludovic holds a master’s degree in Mathematics and a master’s degree in Actuarial Sciences.

Ludovic started his career at Allianz Belgium and Ethias as a Non-Life Actuary. He then joined Cigna Europe as a Senior Actuarial Specialist. He is currently Executive Director at EY, where he is responsible for the actuarial aspects of insurance company audits, actuarial function mandates and regulatory consulting.

Ludovic is also a lecturer at the Université Libre de Bruxelles, where he teaches the basics of insurance accounting and prudential standards.


Fabrice Heuts is the new head of all Allianz Belgium Life and Non-Life sales activities.

Fabrice Heuts

Fabrice Heuts has many years’ experience in the sales department in Belgium. Fabrice has spent his entire career in insurance companies. He has held various operational, technical and commercial management positions, in both Life and Non-Life. Six years ago, Fabrice joined Allianz’s commercial management team. For the past three years, he has been responsible for all Life commercial activities in Belgium.


Appointments – October 2023

Who are the most recent appointments as directors and C-levels in the Benelux? Discover the new faces of Wilink and Allianz.


Dorsan van Hecke appointed CEO of Wilink Insurance, succeeding Dominique Dejean

Dorsan van Hecke

Dorsan van Hecke has over 15 years of experience in the sector and has held a number of senior positions at Generali and Delta Lloyd, before becoming CEO of Athora Belgium. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Assuralia and Portima.

His mission will be to reinforce the development of Wilink Insurance, which celebrates its 10th anniversary next year.

Elke Vagenende appointed Commercial Managing Director of Allianz for its Benelux and Nordic region

Elke Vagenende

Elke Vagenende has already served Allianz in several positions, including Head of Market Management in the UK, Head of Financial Institutions and Head of Product Development for financial business. She then joined WTW in 2018 and moved to AIG where she has been Head of Multinational since 2021. Elke will join Allianz in the first quarter of 2024 to lead the newly created region under the new name Allianz Commercial.

She will represent all of Allianz’s general insurance solutions for medium-sized businesses, large companies and specialized clients in the market.




Appointments – Aug/Sep 2023

Who are the most recent appointments as directors and C-levels in the Benelux? Discover the new face of NN, OneLife, NBB and Athora.


Martijn Hoogeweegen

Martijn Hoogeweegen appointed CEO of NN Belgium, succeeding Frank Eijsink.

Martijn has almost 20 years’ experience in the financial and insurance world. He joined ING in 2005 as Principal Consultant in Strategy & Business Change.
He then held a number of senior management positions in the Netherlands, including Director Customer Service Centre Individual Life and CEO Individual Life. Since 2021, he has been Head of Life & Pension Services. He also played a central role in the takeover and integration of ABN AMRO Verzekeringen’s life insurance subsidiary.



Bruno Valersteinas

Bruno Valersteinas appointed CEO of OneLife.

Bruno enjoys over 15 years’ experience in the insurance and financial services sectors. He joined BNP Paribas Cardif in 2007, where he occupied multiple senior posts: Head of Audit, Client Services Director and was subsequently, as a member of the executive committee of Cardif France, responsible for developing partnerships within the Private Banking and Corporate divisions. In this context, he was CEO of Cardif AEP (insurance, savings and pensions), a brand specialising in the creation and management of investment solutions for high net worth clients. Before joining OneLife, Bruno was Deputy General Manager of La France Mutualiste.



Géraldine Thiry

Géraldine Thiry becomes director at the National Bank of Belgium.

Géraldine is a graduate economist and has been the Bank’s Regent since 2021. She will be in charge of the General Statistics Department and the Resolution Unit. The department produces the Bank’s financial and economic information and surveys, and contributes to the establishment of the country’s national accounts.

The Bank’s Management Committee now has the following members: Governor Pierre Wunsch, Deputy Governor Steven Vanackere and Directors Tom Dechaene, Tim Hermans, Vincent Magnée and Géraldine Thiry.



Yves Poullet

Yves Poullet appointed CEO of Athora Belgium.

For the past 4 years, Yves has been an independent non-executive director of Athora Belgium and Athora Ireland plc. He has over 30 years’ experience in the financial services sector and was CEO of Euroclear Bank and Chief Technology Officer of Euroclear Group. His other roles include independent director of the Belgian hospital group CHU Helora, and chairman of the board of Revalidatieziekenhuis Inkendaal, a hospital specialising in rehabilitation.